A Michelle Obama quote

Something inspirational:

“One of the lessons I grew up with was always to stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”


16 Apr, 2018

8 thoughts on “A Michelle Obama quote

  1. Boy, don’t I wish that I had been hearing messages like that when I was growing up.

    My parents never said anything like that and usually expected us to compromise our values just to make everyone else happy, so it’s no wonder that I have spent most of my life doing just that.

    The biggest message that we received was that our efforts would always be in vain, so what point was there in having any goals? Anything we ever ever wanted, hoped for or desired was discounted to the point of nonexistence.

    I never really had much of a chance to find out who I really was, seeing as that never really mattered, as my only mission in life was to be my mother’s ’emotional teddy bear.’

    Now I have to do all the work that people normally have the chance to do as children and teenagers to figure this out in what time I do have left.

    1. Yes, like me Randy you didn’t get the opportunity to do it as a child, but you have the opportunity to do it now.

      We’ve just come into it late and I’m sad for us both, but as Michelle Obama’s quote says, she doesn’t invest her energy in negative attacks. She knows who she is and what she stands for.

      That is something each and everyone of us can give ourselves. I believe we must. And even without the guidance I believe we can still know, with a little bit of work on ourselves.

      I know my values and what my values stand for and who I am. I think criticism isn’t always directed at us because we’ve done something wrong. It’s often other people’s values that fall short of our own.

      I choose to own what’s mine, but won’t accept other people’s bad behaviour just so I fit in.

  2. Racism followed Michelle Obama relentlessly, but when racism went low she went high. She had faith in one hand and flowers in the other, so she never struggled to provide us with motivation.

    Even the honest-to-goodness psychopaths admired her audacity.

    1. Thanks Tim. I never thought about it that way. Yes, you’re right. Michelle Obama wrote a speech about ‘racism’ she faced in the early years of being the ‘First Lady.’

      It’s easy for people to become disillusioned by their own lack of success and when they do, they try to undermine and turn the tables on those people who continue to be successful. I have seen that happen in my personal life.

      But through all of that Michelle Obama showed us a different way to be. An inspiration to many.

      1. I think you took a few pages from Michelle Obama’s book or she yours, since your struggles are very similar; two successful determined women who fought against the odds, and won.

        1. Awww that’s so sweet. I’ll take it. Being compared to Michelle Obama has made my day, week and year. Thank you!

  3. There’s a great lesson in this quote. We shouldn’t let others’ ignorance dent our armour.

    Also, nice comment, Tim.

    1. Yes, you’re absolutely right. We mustn’t think about or let other people’s ignorance dent our emotions.

      So many people their issues about us, simply because they choose not to deal with their own issues or truths. I have been on the receiving end so many times, too many times and it’s waring.

      And although it’s often difficult to do, we have to find a way through. It’s so important.

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